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5 Health Benefits Of Garlic: From Fighting Colds To Improving Bone Health

Date December 8, 2017 15:27

Not only does garlic add taste to your dishes, but it’s also beneficial for your health. It has a long history of use as a traditional remedy for various ailments, and our ancestors were certainly on to something.

Here are five potential health benefits of garlic:

Garlic can help fight off colds and flu

Garlic has long been used as a traditional medicine to treat and prevent common colds and flu. HealthLine cites two studies that show garlic supplementation can significantly reduce the frequency of colds as well as the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms.

Garlic seems to lower bad cholesterol

Multiple studies suggest that garlic supplementation lowers the levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and total cholesterol. There seems to be no significant effect of garlic on HDL (“good”) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Garlic can help reduce blood pressure

High blood pressure is a major factor that contributes to cardiovascular disease. Garlic extract seems to improve blood pressure in hypertensive people if taken in high doses that equal approximately 4 cloves of garlic daily.

Garlic may have a beneficial effect on athletic performance

Garlic was given to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece to boost their performance. Recent studies prove it may work for people with heart disease, but more studies are needed to look at garlic effects on physical performance and endurance in healthy people.

Garlic may help protect your bones

Decreasing levels of estrogen have a connection to bone loss in women. Animal studies have shown that garlic supplement can improve the levels of female hormone, but more human studies are needed to prove beneficial effects of garlic on estrogen production in women.

Side effects of garlic

Before you start to use garlic as a remedy, consider this:

    • garlic may give you a bad breath;
    • if you haven’t eaten garlic before, be careful with it, because it’s possible to be allergic to it;
    • if you’re taking blood-thinners or have a bleeding disorder, consult your doctor before starting to use garlic;

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In any case, the intake of any product should be in moderate doses. Take care of yourself!

Source: HealthLine, Medical News Today, NDTV Food

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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